Educator, Actor & Pastor [1926-2019]
A long-time missionary priest of Australia-Pacific Province, Fr Michael Keogh SDB, returned to the Lord early in the morning on Friday 22nd March 2019. Fr Michael was 92 years of age, been professed for 68 year as a Salesian, and served at the altar as Christ’s priest for 58 years.
Fr Michael’s passing did not come as surprise as he had been in bed for the last couple of years, and been in serious decline in health for a number of weeks.
Fr Michael was born in Quetta, India [now part of Pakistan] on 21st September 1926. At the end of secondary schooling, he joined the Salesians making first religious profession on the feast of Mary Help of Christians, 24th May 1950. He undertook philosophy and theology studies in Sonada and Shillong in India prior to his ordination as a priest on 26th June 1960.
Following his priestly ordination, Fr Michael served as teacher and assistant in many Salesian schools in India. He came to Australia in 1976 as missionary with two fellow Salesians.
Since been in Australia, Fr Michael served in many schools and parishes as educator and pastor. He was famous as a serious hockey player in his young days. Having a serious face, he was never slow to give some practical jokes to people. Fr Michael loved theatre. As an expert in mimicking, he would perform so well in many occasions to entertain others.
He was a true Salesian of Don Bosco. May his gentle and joyful soul rest in peace, amen!